Kevin Nolan Empathizes With And Admires Newcastle Fans


We expect Kevin Nolan to become the Newcastle United captain some time this week, and just one of the reasons he deserves the honor, is his empathy and admiration of the loyal Newcastle fans.

Kevin Nolan – empathy with Newcastle fans

And Nolan is backing Newcastle United to succeed in the Premier League – and that’s hardly a surprise is it – but he wants to do it with the fantastic backing of the best fans in the land.

Almost 4,000 Newcastle fans made the trek to Glasgow on Saturday, to support the lads in their 2-1 defeat at Rangers.

The actual result was disappointing, the performance wasn’t too bad, but the support from the Newcastle fans was absolutely first class – as per usual.

And compliments to the fans who made the journey last Saturday to support the lads – because the lads will definitely need that support this season.

And the first away  game at Old Trafford a week tonight is already sold out, and it’s clear that Newcastle will not be short of their great support this season.

Kevin Nolan told the Shields Gazette today:

“They’re fantastic – it was brilliant to see them all,” “To bring so many,  shows what they’re expecting this year.”

“We know it’s going to be tough, but we’re expecting them to be with us all the way. We’re going to need them, and I’ll thank them again for coming up.”

“They sung their hearts out, and they saw how happy the lads were with them. We all went over at the end, and hopefully they’ll be seeing a lot more winning football again come the season.”

“That’s the main thing – the hard work starts this week. We’re looking at that one game – the start of the Premier League. That’s where we want to be.”

It was not a good final pre-season game for Newcastle with two bad goals conceded, and the striking force at Newcastle seemingly just didn’t turn up on the day.

And we have Manchester United in one week’s time at Old Trafford, and they beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Charity Shield game yesterday.

Kevin continued and called things as they are, as usual:

“We conceded two sloppy goals, but if you’re going to do that, this is the time to do it,”

“We can eradicate that – we’ve got a week to work on it.” “Looking at the positives, the fitness is showing throughout the games.”

There’s no doubt that out first league game will be a big challenge, and there’s nothing to say we couldn’t sneak something out of that game, but the appearance of Ben Arfa and a couple more good players in the next 22 days of the transfer market, is certainly what most Newcastle fans would just love to see.

That includes us.

Comments welcome.



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51 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Nolan really does come across as a supporter of the club.

    As Brian Clough’s mentor taught him, ‘you have to go out with five hearts or you’ll never win’.
    Imagine playing teams with Harper, Saylor, Barton, Carroll and Nolan plus the flair of one or two others.

    I really hope Nolan’s given the captaincy as everything he has said has been spot on. He’s a credit to all fans – not just of Newcastle, but all around the world

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  • Thump

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #2

    @HTL: I agree. I think it’ll take him (or rather the team) a couple of games to settle back into the EPL, and I think Man U away is probably the best way to do that.

    Really looking forward to monday 😀

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  • sparky2010

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree! I think nolan would make a great captain of the club. What we need now is 2-3 decent players to add to our squad, attacking players that are capable of scoring goals from midfield. Im concerned about our strikers! Carroll needs a full season in the EPL to get adjusted. We need a 20 goal a season striker carroll scored 19 in the championship last year and its a tier below. I do think he will make a good striker in EPL but def needs a season. Thats why we need someone decent to play alongside him that will score regularly!!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Nolan is a solid club man, but too slow to be a regular in Prem. There’s nowhere for him the play, he is another Smith or Butt. He’s no Pedro to play behind the front man, and he’s no box to box midfielder like Barton, Guthrie or Jonas. A good man to pack a five man midfield with when defending a lead, but not if we need to create. He’s a Fizzy star, but the Prem is different. And we need our captain on the pitch this year, so it’s Colo or Barton for me. We need to get real, and quick or it’s back in the Coke can for us..

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  • sweendog

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Captain Beefheart .. true but harsh .. he can do a good job but we need a pacey DM to cover for Arfa and Perch .. ie good link between defense and attack .. arevalo looked a good deal .. but there seems something dodgy about his ownership.

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Capt i’m starting to lean towards your side. He looked slow vs rangers and thats got to be hard to do. I think CH has also been hold off giving him the armband because he may not want to guarentee him a starting place every weekend. Barton or colo, and i put my money on colo cause joey may become a tyrant if given the post.

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  • chuck

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I`m afraid unless we make a couple of decent signings, all the singing and support by loyal fans wont count for much.
    The bookies (seldom wrong) have us for 17th.
    I figure Blackpool are up for a cup of coffee and back, West Brom could also get back on the down elevator.
    Then theres us, Wigan, Stoke, Wolves, all either in the process of strengthening their sides or in the case of Wolves have allready done so.
    These are clubs who are aware of the benefits (mainly earnings) of the PL and realise the neccessity of spending in order to survive.
    None have a stadium or come close to the number of fans who attend our home games, nor do they have owners with the financial clout that Ashley has, but they are still prepared to spend whatever it takes to survive.
    We are approaching the end of the transfer window and so far the only help I see is one thirty five year old defender who it seems will take a while to reach full fitness, an injured prospect and an untried defender, from the second tier.
    Not a lot to be happy about, yeah sure we ran away with the fizzy league, but this is the PL an enormous step up, hope the management are aware of gamble in not bringing in some reinforcements, because the Christmas window may just be too late.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #8

    chuck

    VERY VERY well said mate. Ashley just won’t spend money. Its for all to see that we need a LB and a striker and it looks like we have sorted out the wide position for this season at least. Ashley’s footballing noose is slim to nil and it seems like he will listen to nobody i mean comon, even Hughton has come out and said we will struggle if we do not bring in more players. We need 3 at least, not quantity but quality and the only way he is going to do that is by spending money. I don’t think he realises how lucky he is with the amount of fans he pulls into the stadium to watch sh1te football.

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  • havanaclue

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #9

    off topic …… I like Houghton ,and I hope he does well this season , but if things go horribly wrong , Martin Oneill has just become available ..lol

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  • ooh_ahh_franz_carr

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye, Im another to agree with Beefheart! Afraid he is just as ponderous as Smith, albeit with a better eye for goal, although Bowyer and Ferguson did areet for Brum last season, i reckon Nolan’s on a part with them or not far off, lets hope CH can deploy him strategically well. Excited about Ben Afra, lets get it wrapped up ASAP!, we are crying out for some invention/flair, im sure CH will convert him to communism lol.

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  • chuck

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Beefheart
    Nolan is and has been a decent player for quite a while, sure he fitted into a Bolton team with big Sam better than here.
    But he certainly got his goals last season and was one of the reasons we were successful.
    He does`nt do the hundred metre`s in ten seconds but he is far from slow.
    A better player than Guthrie will ever be and IMO an asset to the side.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I can’t believe what I’m reading!

    If you think Barton’s slow wait until you all see your lovechild Dan Gosling!
    Gosling has about 8 years on him and still couldn’t even out-run him.

    Nolan may not be quick, but is Scholes?

    He scored 18(?) goals last season from midfield. At Bolton he was a regular starter when they were finishing well in the top half – he was even captain for most games.

    Also, did nobody else notice how good and quick his passing from one side of the pitch to the other was versus Rangers?

    If we’re gonna attack down both flanks we’re gonna need someone making those passes before the opposition defence can get ready

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  • chuck

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Havenaclue
    Martin O`Neill allready turned down a job here prior to our hiring BSA.
    If he resigned @ Villa because of transfer funds and possibly a case of hands on by the owner, how could he ever begin to think about working for someone as parsimonious as Ashley?
    And dont you think we at least owe CH an opportunity to prove himself in the PL, before we begin looking for a replacement,following the job he did for the club last season?

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  • wickywoowoo

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Just to clarify – it is the Npower Championship now, so the “fizzy” comments are outdated and can be replaced now.

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  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15

    While the British media announced Hatem Ben Arfa is very close to Newcastle, Jean-Claude Dassier, the president of Olympique Marseille, has denied the official website of the club have reached an agreement with the team promoted this season in the Premier League. “Newcastle are interested. But financially it is today no agreement concluded “, explained briefly the president of Olympique Marseille.

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  • havanaclue

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16

    As I said Chuck , I like CH , and hope he does well – I was stating it tongue in cheek
    I think CH is a refreshing change to the high profile ones we have had in the past

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #17

    this hit the nail on the head with regards to a greedy man.

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/tf/editorials.nsf/LookupUNID/F44E341C16050E788025777A00723938?

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #18

    True-Faith – One of the reasons we got relegated

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #19

    HTL you cant compare nolan to players like scholes because scholes has a completely differant game. Scholes game was always to sit back a feed balls up front with an occational long shot mixed in. Nolan is really a power player who pushes foward. It’s hard to do that without good pace. I didn’t see any of this passing at ibrox that ur talking about. Most of that game i just saw nolan hang around up top just behind the st. Danny boy and mostly barton were the ones moving the ball around the pitch. I love nolan and what he brings to the club as a leader and professional. I’ll root for him all the way, but i think beefy’s got a point. It may be past him now. I hope it isn’t but also i don’t want to have another butt situation where nolan has to start cause of the armband, even though he may be a liability at times.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #20

    “True-Faith – One of the reasons we got relegated”

    You think True-Faith are partly to blame for our relegation? Explain plz.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #21

    HTL

    Although i agree with alot you say, i find that statement a little strange lol. Its the players on the pitch and a certain owner who will not spend any money to make sure we are safe next season.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #22

    I know the EPL is a step up, but people overrate it so much. As ooh_ahh_franz_carr said Birmingham finished 9th with Ferguson and Bowyer – hardly what you’d call fast, quality players. And I’ll tell ya, Nolan’s a helluva lot faster than Bowyer

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    can those of you doomers put a smile on for a little while and wait till the transfer window is closed to assess it. I’m constantly reading how teams are getting better and we’re sinking and cashley isn’t supporting the gaf blah blah blah…
    There have only been some where around 20 moves made into the epl so far. The toon have made 3. That leaves somewhere around 17 moves for 19 clubs! Who are these world beaters that stoke, wolves, and the like are getting? Who is anybody getting? We are just as active as any of those clubs if not more active to this point. And from all acounts CH isn’t done. So what are you complaining about? We still have 3 weeks to strengthen the squad for st. James’s sake. If the squad stays like it is going into sept, then i will join you mon to friday in your cries, stopping only on the weekend to support our lads. But right now your just burning down the house before it’s even built! Relax and save your energy for manure…

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #24

    As for True-Faith, a lot of fans read it obviously and they make a fair few good points, and people are influenced by what they have to say and rightfully so, but when the players needed us to get behind them rather than putting out rallying calls I think they chose the wrong option and went for the whole YFCB effect, which only created a negative atmosphere, not only at games, but also generally among the squad.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont think TF ever asked any supporter to not support the team, at anytime.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #26

    JerseyGeordie

    Well said, i will try and hold my opinions until the window shuts lol.

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #27

    WICKYWOOWOO YA DITY JOCK NONSE

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #28

    wicky woowoo ya dirty jock nonse

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #29

    STARDUSTSTARDUSTSTARDUSTSTARDUSTSTARDUSTSTARDUSTSTARDUSTSTARDUST

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #30

    No, but they used propaganda. I’m not saying they wanted us to go down or thought what they were doing could contribute to our relegation, and I do think they thought they were doing, what they thought, was the best for the club. However, I feel if they had gone for a positive approach then there would have been better morale among the players and we could have got that one goal that would have kept us up.

    It’s like last season, I believe we wouldn’t have done anywhere near as well if we hadn’t had such good crowds in our first few games (home and away)

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  • Alinufc

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #31

    To all u doom and gloomers compared to many clubs we’ve bought quite a few players (may I remind u that at the start of the season we said three players and we’d be Happy with three players) and hughton has delivered (and a tiny bit Ashley) we have a quality future player in gosling, a solid defender in Campbell and another future prospect in perch. This all including all the young stars such as vuckic tavernier who both have impressed me

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  • MacToon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #32

    hey batty… how’s u?

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  • MacToon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Howay The Lads. you seem to be under the impression TF started and wanted protests to continue when they actually wanted people to support the team at all costs.
    Their hatred of Ashley is shared by 10’s of 1000’s and without a website to make their minds up for them or dictate what they should or shouldn’t do.
    Anyway we won’t agree so agree to disagree.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #34

    ‘so agree to disagree’

    Fair enough 😆

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  • MacToon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #35

    😆 HTL

    batty ya git, just had to check on the “dark side” (org) to make sure it was you!

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  • wickywoowoo

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #37

    battyboy is back, I see.

    I love how he is prejudice against Scottish people, ignoring many of Newcastle’s great historical players are Scottish.

    What a &*%$. I hope he contracts HIV.

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  • wickywoowoo

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #38

    battyboy is back, I see.

    I love how he is prejudice against Scottish people but conveniently overlooks many old Newcastle players, many the most known players to have played for the club, are Scottish.

    What a muppet.

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #39

    T1978
    ur opinion is always welcome lol. Just saying, save the final gloomy “judgements” for the appropriate time 😉

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  • mackems-hatem

    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Hughton could be waiting to see if Ben Arfa and/or KP B will arrive and if they do I think Colo will be made captain as there will be no assurances to Nolan’s starting place in the side

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